Admit it…you need us!

Suggest chuck all the rubbish in the town hall car park

The South Essex Stirrer - Archive

In an age of seemingly never ending austerity, council services are under ever growing strain and in a growing number of instances, they’re failing. Working with groups such as Basildon & Southend Housing Action (BASHA) and the Vange Hill Community Group (VHCG), it’s all too clear that services such as rubbish collection and estate maintenance are in crisis. On a fair few occasions, BASHA and VHCG have had to step into the breach to undertake activities such as neighbourhood clean ups, educating residents on rubbish disposal (nigh on impossible when Basildon Council don’t have a rubbish disposal protocol!) and setting up community gardens.

BASHA, and now VHCG, are not stepping into the breach just to cover the failings of Basildon Council – they’re doing it because they care passionately about their communities. Recent clean ups they’ve undertaken include Gambleside on the ¾ estate in Vange: Doing it for ourselves (because…

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Questionaire for local reports

Angry Workers of the World

A-roadway-on-the-Brooklands-estate-in-East-Jaywick-near-Clacton.jpgThis questionaire was written up for reports about the local impacts of austerity in the UK

* Where do you live?
* How many people live there?
* Who are the main employers, or sectors people work in?
* Where have the most recent investments been?
* How significant is unemployment and the social consequences?
* How significant is the migrant population and who constitutes it?
* How significant is the university and student world?
* Who is local government, have there been changes recently?
* What kind of general impact of recession can you make out?
* Have there been public sector cuts, or have any been announced?
* Who is concretely affected by the cuts?
* How did they ‘sell’ the cuts and how did affected people react?
* Have there been job cuts or company closures? Where and how?
* Has there been an increase in social…

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Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch. Peter Shambrook Talk and Film. 20th Sept 2017

1917 – 2017

Balfour Declaration”

100 years since Britain ‘gave’

Palestine to Israel

Peter Shambrook, historical consultant to the Balfour Project will deliver a talk, with an 18 minute film, on the Balfour Centenary, followed by questions :

A fateful enterprise: the “Balfour”

letter and its consequences

Wednesday 20th September,


Unite (the Union) Office,

41 Castle Way, Southampton

SO14 2BW

Free Admission Arranged by Southampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Morning Star Group – Email :


Le 23 septembre, exigeons la paix à Calais! // September 23th, let’s claim for peace in Calais!

Calais Migrant Solidarity

Samedi 23 septembre 2017

CALAIS 14h30 place d’Armes

Comme dans plusieurs villes de France, suite à l’appel national du Mouvement de la Paix , signé par plus de 115 organisations,


Pour réclamer un monde de solidarité, de justice, de liberté, d’égalité, de fraternité et de paix.

Nous sommes conscient-es que la guerre est toujours un échec et qu’elle conduit au chaos, elle n’enfante que des monstruosités dont sont victimes les populations civiles jetées sur le chemin de l’exil.
Lire et signer l’appel national :


-Des grilles, des murs, des barbelés défigurent notre horizon.
-Des technologies de guerre sont utilisées contre des civils : drones et scanners au tunnel, gaz et grenades de désencerclement en ville, harcèlements psychologiques jour et nuit contre les exilé-es bloqué-es à Calais.
-Des violences policières dénoncées par Human Right Watch et le Défenseur des Droits.

lire le rapport…

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Mourn the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living!

Surrey and Hampshire Anarchist Federation

The new edition if Resistance the Anarchist Federation’s free bulletin is out now. Available in print and as a free PDF download here:

Free Resistance PDF download

Front page article: Mourn the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living! Grenville fire.


  • Topple Trump
  • Anarchism in the Age of Trump
  • Latest Battle Against the Racist Vans
  • Organising at Work
  • From Bristol to Berlin, the Gig Economy Fight Back Continues
  • Struggle For The Soul of Pride
  • Because They Were Poor: The Grenfell Fire
  • Four Ways You Can Support the Survivors of Grenfell
  • Edinburgh Mothers Fight the Benefits Cap!
  • Rent Strike in Toronto
  • Say No to Prisoner Exploitation
  • Struggling for Our Families and Our Lives – 14
  • Anti-Fracking Round Up – 15
  • Back page contacts etcc – 16

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The truth…

The South Essex Stirrer - Archive

Working with both Basildon & Southend Housing Action and the Vange Hill Community Group on the troubled Vange ¾ estate which is located on the southern fringes of Basildon, one of the problems we face is that of tenure. When the right to buy came in, a fair number of tenants brought their homes. However, since then, too many of these homes have been flogged off to buy to let landlords. A heck of a lot of these landlords are scumbags, neglecting their properties while cramming in as many tenants as they can get away with.

Properties with six or more occupants are not uncommon – these are termed ‘houses of multiple occupation’ (HMOs). All too often, the tenancies in HMOs are on short term leases so there’s always a churn in the population. Because the tenants are on short term leases and likely to move on within a year…

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TUC Congress demands freedom for Öcalan and an end to repression in Turkey

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Britain’s 6 million strong trade union movement have agreed to back a mass campaign for the release of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan.

At its annual gathering in Brighton earlier this week the Trade Union Congress, which represents 50 British trade unions, gave its unanimous support to a motion demanding freedom for Mr Öcalan and the reconvening of peace talks between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The support represents a major breakthrough in the international campaign for the release of Mr Öcalan whose incarceration on Imrali island, where he has been held for 18 years, has been compared to that of Nelson Mandela.

Delegates agreed to affiliate to the British section of the Freedom for Öcalan campaign and called for the release of all political prisoners, the restoration of press freedom and an end to the state of emergency which has been in place since…

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Court Solidarity for Stop the Arms Fair defendants, 18 September – 9 October

Cautiously pessimistic

From Stop the Arms Fair:

Monday 18 September 2017 – Monday 9 October 2017
09:30 – 10:30

Thames Magistrates’ Court
58 Bow Rd
E3 4DJ

Stop the Arms Fair has had huge success this September, with hundreds of people taking action to block the set up to the DSEI arms fair. Over 100 people were arrested during the week of action, and we need your help to support them as they face charges.

Court Solidarity Demonstrations

Join us outside Thames Magistrates Court in Bow (nearest stations Bow Road and Mile End) to support the defendants at their plea hearings at the following times:

  • Monday 18th September, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
  • Tuesday 19th September 9 am – 10.30 am
  • Wednesday 20th September 9 am – 10.30 am
  • Thursday 21st September 9 am – 10.30 am
  • Friday 22nd September 9 am – 10.30 am
  • Monday 25th September 9 am – 10.30 am

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